WECO News: Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Questionable road conditions were the cause for local school delays and cancellations. Morgan County Schools opened two hours late this morning, along with Morgan County Headstart, Cumberland County Schools, the Oneida Special School District, and Crossville Christian. Fentress County opened an hour late today, and Scott County Schools are closed all day today. All schools are expected to be back on schedule and on time tomorrow.

Prescription pills have become a major problem in Tennessee according to Tennessee Senator Ken Yager.

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Yager has an idea on how to combat the problem.

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Yager says entering information into a database may help prevent doctor shopping. The database already exists in Tennessee. Yager says pharmacists and physicians are required to file information regarding the prescription or sell of schedule drugs, but that neither is required to consult the database beforehand. Some doctors and pharmacists argue this will add extra work to an already busy schedule.

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Yager says that he intends to work closely with the Tennessee Medical Association and the Pharmacy Association through the duration of the legislation. Tennessee Congress will be in session on January 10th. Yager says discussion on the legislation will begin then. We will keep you posted when more news comes available.

The Morgan County Rescue Squad will host a country style breakfast this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10:30. The menu will include Ham, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, coffee, juice, and soft drinks. Cost is 5 dollars for adults and 3 dollars for children. Everyone is invited.

In Sports, Some area high School basketball teams resumed action last night, even with the school closings. Here are some of those scores. In girls action, Coalfield got by Jellico 62-56 and Oneida got by Sunbright 62-31. In the boys games, Jellico won the rematch against Coalfield 60-55, and Oneida held on to defeat Sunbright 51-48.

Also in sports, the University of Tennessee football team lost a couple coaches on Monday. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon will coach the same positions at the University of Washington. Wilcox and Sirmon become and second and third coaches to leave the program. Eric Russell left the team to go to Washington State in December. Coach Dooley held a press conference yesterday morning and addressed the changes.


That clip courtesy of the Vol Network.

And finally, some criminals just don’t get it. Tyechia Lorraine Rembert of York City, Pennsylvania, ordered her food at a Burger King drive-through just like any other customer. But after that, according to police, things got unusual. Hiding a crowbar under her jacket to make it look like a gun, she allegedly demanded money from the person in the drive-through window, and then fled. Police were able to track her down, though, after she called the restaurant to find out if anyone had seen her license plate. Police traced the location of the call and arrested Rembert.




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